Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Book Review: Humans of New York: Stories

Humans of New York: Stories
In the summer of 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton began an ambitious project -to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City. The photos he took and the accompanying interviews became the blog Humans of New York. His audience steadily grew from a few hundred followers to, at present count, over twelve million. In 2013, his book Humans of New York, based on that blog, was published and immediately catapulted to the top of the NY Times Bestseller List where it has appeared for over forty-five weeks. Now, Brandon is back with the Humans of New York book that his loyal followers have been waiting for: Humans of New York: Stories. 
Ever since Brandon began interviewing people on the streets of New York, the dialogue he's had with them has increasingly become as in-depth, intriguing and moving as the photos themselves. Humans of New York: Stories presents a whole new group of people in stunning photographs, with a rich design and, most importantly, longer stories that delve deeper and surprise with greater candor.
Just a few short words on this one, instead of my standard review.  This book, like Stanton's first, consists of photos of people from the streets of NYC along with quotes or stories that they share with Stanton when he photographs them.  It's an absolute joy to read, and I dare you to try to make it through the whole thing without tearing up at least once.  It doesn't take long to read - I couldn't stop myself from devouring it, but I think it could also be a fun one to linger over as well.  I highly recommend tracking a copy down and following the author on Facebook as well.

Thanks to my local library for providing me with a copy.

1 comment:

  1. I recently added this one to my wishlist - I don't read much non fiction, but this is my kind of non fiction.

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